Formatting & Citations
The Librarians and writing tutors can help you format your paper and citations in MLA, APA, or Chicago Style format.
Use our Formatting & Citations Checklist to see what you have covered and what you need help with.
It is important that you cite your sources to avoid plagiarism, which is the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.
Giving credit to the original source rewards other scholars for the hard work and creativity they contribute to advancements in their fields.
Help Readers Find Your Sources
Citations are like a roadmap to your sources. Sometimes seeing a quote in its original context helps readers understand it better. Citations can also guide your readers to more information about your topic.
Give Credibility to Your Work
The more you know about your topic, the more credible your arguments become. By citing your sources, you prove that you have researched existing information and multiple viewpoints. In turn, readers will see that your theories and ideas are well-supported.
Facts: Historical, Statistical, Scientific
Graphs, Drawings, Data
Articles, Studies, or Books (that you reference in your writing)
Someone Else's Thoughts or Ideas
These tools let you chose your citation style and source type, then you enter the information and they create a formatted citation for you.
NOTE: These can be very handy, but be sure to check your results for errors! Automation is not perfect!
St. Johns River State College, an equal access institution, prohibits discrimination in its employment, programs, activities, policies and procedures based on race, sex, gender, gender identity, age, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information or veteran status. Questions pertaining to education equity, equal access or equal opportunity should be addressed to the College Title IX Coordinator/Equity Officer: Charles Romer, Room A0173, 5001 St. Johns Avenue, Palatka, FL 32177; (386) 312-4074; CharlesRomer@sjrstate.edu Anonymous reporting is available at SJRstate.edu/report. Inquiries/complaints can be filed with the Title IX Coordinator/Equity Officer online, in person, via mail, via email or with the US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, Atlanta Office, 61 Forsyth St. SW Suite 19T10, Atlanta, GA 30303-8927. | St. Johns River State College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of St. Johns River State College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, by calling 404-679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).